GREENVILLE, N.C. - Roy "Sonny" Calvorn Snider Jr., 72, died on Friday, December 27th, 2013 at the Heart Institute in Greenville, NC. Roy is survived by his children; Brian Snider and Robin Pond, children of Mary Larson; Lindsay Cundiff, daughter of Denise Baedke; Keely Bernard, Kassandra Langenwalter, Kolton Langenwalter and Kelsey Langenwalter, children of Diane Langenwalter; his sister Carol Sue Board, 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Roy C. Snider Sr. and Amelia K. Wolf, his sister Mary Jane Tuvell, and his infant son Jeremy Snider.
Roy was born on a rural road in Gowrie, Iowa on September 14th, 1941. He attended Gowrie public schooland played in the marching band writing "Roy's Song", a drum cadence played for many decades at the school. He served in the United States Army from 1959-1962 and was based in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
ROY “SONNY” CALVORN SNIDER
Roy helped build an experimental aircraft, worked in management at the Fort Collins/Loveland, Co Airport, worked as an Engineer in Quality Control in the Manufacturing field and after retirement, as a driver for Federal Express.
Roy had an extraordinary sense of curiosity and innovation. He filled his life with all of his loves - aviation, inventions, women, travel, drumming, children, singing in a barbershop quartet and farming.
He was fearless in his battle with heart disease and considered it a personal victory whenever he outwitted and outlasted the various prognoses.
Roy touched all of our lives and we missed him the moment he was gone.